Long-distance caregiving can bring unique challenges, especially during this difficult time. Here are some tips to consider while caring for someone from far away.
- Research their health condition. Learn as much as you can about your family member’s or friend’s illness, medicines and resources that might be available.
- Schedule conference calls with doctors, the assisted living facility team, or nursing home staff so several relatives can participate in one conversation and get up-to-date information about a relative’s health and progress. Learn how you can better communicate with your loved one’s doctors.
- Learn about advance care planning to prepare for conversations with your loved one.
- Gather a list of resources in the care recipient’s neighborhood. Look online or check with your local library or senior center, the Area Agency on Aging, or the Eldercare Locator to find out about local sources of help.
Visit the NIH website for more long-distance caregiving tips.